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Upcoming Events, Trainings and Recognition

Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is excited to offer a grant opportunity that can help support existing and potential HOSA – Future Health Professionals chapters and also support high-quality health science instruction. 

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is conducting a 2023 Kansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition.

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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Science professional development will take place Feb. 20 in six regions across Kansas. 

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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Additional dates and locations have been added for Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) in-person dyslexia professional learning. 

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is sponsoring a six-hour virtual professional development opportunity focused on the science of reading on Feb. 13.

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and College Board have partnered to offer statewide informational sessions on AP Seminar: English 10. 

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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Is your community working to address a need for child care. If so, join the All In For Kansas Kids webinar at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8. 

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Posted: Feb 2, 2023
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School districts are invited to participate in an informational session about hosting a Visiting International Teacher (VIT) in the 2023-2024 school year. The webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

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Posted: Jan 26, 2023
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Because of the interest in AP Seminar: English 10, the Kansas State Department of Education and College Board have added two experience workshops – one from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Smoky Hill Education Center and one from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 10 at the Landon State Office Building in Topeka. 

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Posted: Jan 26, 2023
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Nominations are being sought for this year’s School Social Worker of the Year and Champion for Children awards. 

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Posted: Jan 26, 2023
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The Kansas Volunteer Commission announces monthly webinars on mentoring, volunteerism and civic engagement topics. 

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Posted: Jan 19, 2023
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Did you know that the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Safe and Secure Schools Unit is available for trainings on a variety of topics, including safety drills and incident command systems? 

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Posted: Jan 19, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) team will host office hours via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 

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Posted: Jan 19, 2023
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School staff members are invited to attend the Kansas State Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools Conference on Jan. 30-31 in Manhattan. 

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Posted: Jan 19, 2023
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Preparations are underway for the 40th annual Governor’s Scholars Award program, which will take place Sunday, May 7, in Topeka at Washburn University’s Petro Allied Health Center, Lee Arena. 

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Posted: Jan 12, 2023
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Kansas State Department of Education staff members will give an overview of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Scholar program and walk through the application process from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, via Zoom. 

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Posted: Jan 12, 2023
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School staff members are invited to attend the Kansas State Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools Conference on Jan. 30-31 in Manhattan. 

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Posted: Jan 12, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief team will host office hours via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 

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Posted: Jan 5, 2023
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The Help Me Grow Kansas project is offering free virtual Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) training in January and March.

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Posted: Jan 5, 2023
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A grant opportunity is available so that FCCLA advisers can attend a pre-conference session of the Kansas Annual CTE Conference for free on Monday, Feb. 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Manhattan. 

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Posted: Jan 5, 2023
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Accreditation and Design (AD) team will host its monthly Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) update from 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, via Zoom (register here). 

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Posted: Jan 5, 2023
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Kansas State Department of Education staff members will give an overview of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Scholar program and walk through the application process from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, via Zoom. 

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Posted: Jan 5, 2023
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The Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Alignment preschool team is offering a free in-person professional development opportunity with Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter in Hays and Topeka. 

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Posted: Dec 21, 2022
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Schools and Nonprofits Program is making $500 million in grant funding available to some of the nation’s highest-need K-12 public schools for critical energy upgrades. 

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Posted: Dec 21, 2022
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During its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 13, 2022, the Kansas State Board of Education started its public hearing to consider the adoption of proposed rules and regulations of the Kansas State Board of Education on a permanent basis.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Division of Learning Services will have a planning retreat on Friday, Dec. 16 and will be out of the office. 

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Posted: Dec 15, 2022
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Kansas State Department of Education staff members will give an overview of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Scholar program and walk through the application process from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, via Zoom. 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2022
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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) teaching. This is a great opportunity to nominate your district’s exceptional STEM teachers. Secondary STEM teachers can also apply this year. 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2022
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The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is sponsored each year by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and the National School Transportation Association. 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2022
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The Kansas Division for Early Childhood is seeking nominations for five special awards. 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education’s Division of Learning Services will have a planning retreat on Friday, Dec. 16 and many team members will be out of the office. 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2022
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Dr. Suzanne Adlof will offer two virtual opportunities to learn about connections between dyslexia and language development. 

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Posted: Nov 30, 2022
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If you missed the fall 2022 Jump Start Your Success in School Nutrition Programs, mark your calendar now to join the Kansas State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) team for the spring kickoff event Jan. 12 in Salina.

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Safe and Secure Schools Conference will take place Jan. 30-31 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd, in Manhattan. This year’s event will feature former Kansas State University Coach Bill Snyder as the closing keynote speaker. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Division of Aviation is currently accepting artwork for the 2023 National Association of State Aviation Officials art contest. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) teaching. This is a great opportunity to nominate your district’s exceptional STEM teachers. Secondary STEM teachers can also apply this year. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Star Assessments spring virtual learning events, which are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), will take place throughout January, February, March and April via Zoom. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Mark your calendar and plan to join the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for annual summer development through the Summer Academy for Teachers. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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A meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, to offer school counselors critical information pertaining to newly updated financial literacy standards. 

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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A text-dependent professional development course will be offered via Zoom from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 11-Feb. 8. 

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Posted: Nov 10, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) invites you to celebrate American Education Week (AEW) with us Nov. 13-19. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Did you know that participating in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is one of the most important investments you can make in your teaching staff?  

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) and Kansas Infinitec Coalition (KIC) are hosting the 16th annual TASN KIC Technology Conference and Outstanding Technology Student Awards Luncheon from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2022
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Natalie Johnson-Berry, a member of the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team and a restorative justice facilitator at Wyandotte High School, is one of five recipients of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Nearly 150 Kansas educators will be in Dodge City on Nov. 18-19 to attend the Kansas LEADs (Linking Educators Across Districts) Conference. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Registration is now open for the Kansas Annual CTE Conference, which will take place Feb. 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Brian Skinner, the 2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year, is available this year through the Hubbard Foundation Kansas Teacher of the Year Ambassadorship to conduct workshops for school personnel, visit with team members of teachers or serve as a keynote speaker for your school district. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Time is running out for school districts to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year program. 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Congratulations to Dr. Mike Argabright, who was named the 2023 Kansas Superintendent of the Year earlier this month by the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA). 

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Posted: Oct 27, 2022
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Susan Severin, a former school psychologist at Emporia USD 253 and a specialized learning services support consultant for Greenbush Education Service Center, was recently named the 2022 Kansas School Psychologist of the Year. 

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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October

21: ESSER quarterly reporting closes. 

25: 9 a.m.-noon, fall professional development for administrators, “Using Star Assessments to Strengthen Data Culture,” Beloit Junior-Senior High School, 1711 N. Walnut St. in Beloit. To reserve a seat, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfimnqrRcgaFFhMg_4PdOlMYKQ24GWF8flMopVtsVSP3fvJ-Q/viewform

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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Congratulations to Julie Scott, principal of R.L. Wright Elementary School, Sedgwick USD 439. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Scott was announced as one of nine recipients of the Terrell H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership for 2022.  

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October

14: Deadline for completed Horizon application.

18: 9-10 a.m., Star Assessments Virtual Fall Training for Administrators and Teachers, “October Star Burst: Understanding the Screening Data.” To register, Meeting Registration - Zoom.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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America’s Safe Schools Week, which is observed Oct. 17-21, is the perfect opportunity for Kansas schools to review and/or enhance their crisis plans.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is offering a free virtual opportunity that can enhance teacher practice related to structured literacy and the explicit teaching of phonics.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2022
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School districts still have time to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October
7: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Kansas MTSS and TASN 2022-2023 Preschool Webinar Series: Leadership webinar, “Addressing Challenging Behavior in young Children: The Leadership Role.” Barbara Kaiser. Free book for the first 75 registered. Register here.
10: “Structured Literacy: The 90-Minute Block Party,” Keystone Learning Center, Ozawkie. Register here: http://www.keystonelearning.org.

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Posted: Oct 6, 2022
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Science regional professional learning communities are scheduled across the state in November.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2022
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The fourth annual Mountain Plains Crunch Off will take place Oct. 12.

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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September  

23-24: Kansas Teacher of the Leadership Conference, Wichita.. 

24: Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet, Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship.  

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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A grant will allow school districts with paid affiliated FCCLA chapters to attend a workshop for free to learn about integrating FCCLA into the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classroom. It also will provide funding to purchase two national program curriculums, said Pam Lamb, the state FCCLA adviser.  

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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The Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood (KDEC) conference is scheduled for Feb 23-24, 2023, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Two and a half wonderful days of professional learning are available during the Great Ideas in Education Conference – The ART of Teaching conference, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) is offering a four-part preschool webinar series this school year with Barbara Kaiser. 

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Ready to Learn ECHO Series will take place from noon to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of every month beginning Oct. 6.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 

16: 9 a.m.-noon, fall professional development for administrators, “Using Star Assessments to Strengthen Data Culture,” South Hutchinson Elementary School, 405 S. Poplar St. in Hutchinson. To reserve a seat, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfimnqrRcgaFFhMg_4PdOlMYKQ24GWF8flMopVtsVSP3fvJ-Q/viewform.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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In-person district and building test coordinator regional trainings have been scheduled throughout September and October. Whether you are a new or veteran test coordinator, make plans to attend one of these trainings.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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Six science professional learning communities are scheduled throughout the month of September.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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Breakout sessions for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Great Ideas in Education Conference, which takes place Oct. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, have been announced.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Kansas State Interagency Coordinating Council invites families, professionals and community partners who support children ages birth to 5 to join the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Retreat.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022
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The Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services – more commonly referred to as the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) – will meet from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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A full-day workshop focused on structured literacy will be offered at four locations throughout Kansas.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The date for the next Kansas Linking Educators Across Districts (LEADS) conference has been announced. The next event will take place Nov.18-19 in Dodge City. Kansas educators can register for this event at www.kansasleads.mystrikingly.com.

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Posted: Sep 8, 2022
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The KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference, “The Art of Teaching” will take place October 19-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The deadline for students to enter the art contest for the Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching conference is Friday, Sept. 9.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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September

2: 1-4:30 p.m., Counting Kids Workshop, Hiawatha High School. (Registration ended Aug. 26). 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Training for new Outside Visitation Team (OVT) members will be from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 6 and from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8.  

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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A full-day workshop focused on structured literacy will be offered at four locations throughout Kansas. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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Six-week fall and winter online courses, designed for middle and high school teachers, counselors, social workers and related service providers for students in grades seventh through 12th, are being offered on behalf of the Kansas State Department of Education.   

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, of Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, have been announced as keynote speakers for the first keynote address of KSDE’s Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita. 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors high school seniors who have demonstrated high achievement academically or in the arts; some having to overcome special challenges or hurdles to do so.   

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will provide a training workshop for reviewing higher education teacher preparation programs from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 in person at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson in Topeka.

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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August  

29: 11 a.m., Register here for 1-800-CHILDREN training and demo via Zoom.    

29: 1-4:30 p.m., Counting Kids Workshop, Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center, Oakley.  (Registration ended Aug. 22) 

30: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Counting Kids Workshop, Cimarron High School.  (Registration ended Aug. 23) 

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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Six-week fall and winter online courses, designed for elementary teachers, counselors, social workers and related service providers for students in grades kindergarten through sixth, are being offered on behalf of the Kansas State Department of Education.  

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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Telehealth ROCKS, in partnership with Kansas Suicide Prevention Headquarters, will present an introductory webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 via Zoom.   

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Posted: Aug 24, 2022
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The Kansas Partners in Empowering Youth for Suicide Prevention is hosting a Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest to provide opportunities for youths to let their voices be heard. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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August 

23: 9 a.m.-noon. Register here for the Introduction to ASQ-3 training via Zoom. 

23: 3:30 p.m., Register here for 1-800-CHILDREN training and demo via Zoom.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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Applications for the 2023 U.S. Senate Youth Program are available now.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors high school seniors who have demonstrated high achievement academically or in the arts; some having to overcome special challenges or hurdles to do so.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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There’s still time to register for this year’s Counting Kids Workshops. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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All sponsors contracting with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) are strongly encouraged to participate in the FSMC Fall Update and Monitoring Training at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Kansas State Interagency Coordinating Council invites families, professionals, and community partners who support children ages birth to 5 to join the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Retreat.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Unit will be hosting Transportation Meetings/Forums for the 2022-2023 school year at 17 locations across the state during the month of September. We understand you are all busy but please consider attending one of these meetings. This may be the only occasion during the year where some of you have an opportunity to attend a meeting at a close, convenient location to your district.  All meetings are from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year nomination packet is available. Every school district is encouraged to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for this prestigious award. 

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Posted: Aug 18, 2022
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The 2022 KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference: The Art of Teaching includes new networking opportunities. 

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Educators Rising Kansas will be hosting its Northeast Regional Conference on Nov. 2, 2022, at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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All school systems are invited to attend the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) kick-off event Aug. 23 and Aug. 25.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Are you interested in reviewing teacher preparation programs at higher education institutions across Kansas? If so, we have the opportunity for you!

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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In order to encourage students to use their creativity, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is once again hosting a student art contest for the KSDE annual conference. This year’s theme is Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Nominations are currently being accepted for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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The KSDE Great Ideas in Education: The Art of Teaching Conference will take place Oct. 19-21 in Wichita at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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Join educators for the 13th annual Kansas MTSS Symposium Sept. 7-8 in Wichita at the downtown Hyatt.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2022
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The Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) is hosting an in-person event to help people increase student engagement, motivation and academic achievement.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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Quarterly science professional development will take place in six different regions of the state.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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Join instructional leaders who support educators in their implementation of K-8 science for a book study.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2022
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The Kansas Horizon Award program offers Kansas school districts an excellent opportunity to honor exemplary first-year teachers.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2022
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Posted: Aug 1, 2022
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1-800-CHILDREN is a statewide 24/7 judgment-free parent helpline powered by Kansas Children’s Service League. At 1-800-CHILDREN, families can easily connect with the information, local resources and support they need 24/7, even if what they need is a listening ear.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2022
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